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Rebels Lose Shootout With Giants


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By Sheldon Spackman

Make that eight games in a row now without a win for the Red Deer Rebels. Close again but no cigar as the Rebels lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Giants in Vancouver Saturday night.

The first period started out well for Red Deer. They out shot the Giants 14-8 and had a 2-1 lead after twenty minutes. Vancouver struck first however with a goal from Owen Hardy just 56 seconds into the game to make it 1-0 Giants. The Rebels answered back soon afterwards though with a power play goal from Lane Zablocki at 2:45 to tie it back up at one goal a piece. Then it was another quick strike from Red Deer, as Akash Bains scored at 4:13 to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead which prompted Vancouver to make a goalie change at that point.

The second period saw Vancouver light the lamp rather quickly again, with Ty Ronning scoring just 6 seconds in to tie it up at 2-2. It was the only goal of the second period, with Red Deer out shooting the Giants 13-6 that period.

In the third, Red Deer edged Vancouver 8-6 in terms of shots, with both teams also scoring one goal a piece. Lane Zablocki got his second of the night when he scored at the 5:06 mark to give the Rebels a 3-2 lead. However, Vancouver’s Tyler Popowich would reply at 13:05 to tie it back up and send the game to overtime.

The extra time solved nothing though, so it came down to a shootout. The Rebels Michael Spacek shot first and didn’t score, which led to Vancouver’s Ty Ronning going next. He did manage to score on Riley Lamb. Evan Polei then shot next for Red Deer and he too wasn’t able to put it behind Giant’s netminder Ryan Kubic. James Malm then shot for Vancouver and didn’t score but Jack Flaman followed him and did score for the Giants, giving them the 4-3 shootout victory over the Rebels.

The win improves Vancouver’s record to 19-36-2-3 with 43 points and fifth place in the WHL’s B.C. Division. The Rebels drop to 23-27-6-4 with 56 points and third place in the Central Division.

Red Deer closes out their five-game western road trip in Prince George on Tuesday, February 21st against the Cougars.

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Today: Come meet Red Deer’s Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith

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Submitted by Tourism Red Deer

Come celebrate with us and congratulate Red Deer’s own Rebecca Smith.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Tourism Red Deer invite you to meet Red Deer’s Summer Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith!

Rebecca was a part of Team Canada’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay swim team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  She’ll be here to meet, greet, and show off her hardware.

Where: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 102-4200 Highway 2, Red Deer

When:  Wednesday, August 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details

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Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction

Due to construction, access to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be limited this summer, with a full closure planned for August.

As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
  • The pool will remain closed until September.
  • To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
  • On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.

About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project

Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

  • Two NHL standard playing surfaces
  • Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Improved accessibility
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.

For more information about the project, please visit

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